Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Max Weinberg’s Drumming Success


Bob Juckniess serves as CEO of Royal Buying Group, Inc., in Lisle, Illinois. Outside of work, Bob Juckniess is a fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and had the opportunity to meet Max Weinberg backstage after seeing them perform at the United Center.

Max Weinberg is well known for his work as the bandleader, musical director, and drummer of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The show’s band, The Max Weinberg 7, is well regarded in the world of late night TV and released its first CD in 2000. Before he took on his current role, Weinberg drummed with the E Street Band, playing on some of the Bruce Springsteen’s best-selling albums. The band broke up in 1989 but began touring again in the 2000s, during which time Max Weinberg would take leaves of absence from the Conan O’Brien show to join the tours.

With a long history of drumming, Max Weinberg has performed or recorded with names such as Paul McCartney, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr, and Pete Townshend of The Who.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Gleaners Food Bank’s Cooking Matters Program

An experienced business leader, Robert “Bob” Juckniess has served as president and chief executive of the gas station/convenience store management company Royal Buying Group since 1995. Outside of the professional arena, he supports a number of charities, including the Gleaners Food Bank. Bob Juckniess’ financial contributions to Gleaners provide funding for valuable programs such as the Cooking Matters program.

Cooking Matters draws upon the strengths of professional chefs and nutritionists who volunteer to teach low-income adults, teens, and kids how to shop for and prepare healthy and delicious meals on a limited budget. Truly dedicated to sharing their passion for good food and making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged families, 98 percent of Cooking Matters volunteers sign up to teach a second course.

In addition to sharing their expertise in the kitchen, members of the Cooking Matters team lead educational tours at local grocery stores to help clients identify healthy ingredients. Multiple recipes for Cooking Matters meals are available for public view on the organization’s website.